The Truth About Cars » audi a3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 2016 Audi A3 Sportback E-tron Review – eWagons Ho! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-audi-a3-etron-review-ewagons-ho/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-audi-a3-etron-review-ewagons-ho/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:58:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1311722 Emissions legislation politics is a hairy subject at the company holiday party. But there are some unexpected benefits regardless of your take on California’s ZEV mandate or the EPA’s CAFE standards. Without this legislation we may never have seen Audi’s smallest station wagon return to America. Yep, Audi’s first plug-in hybrid comes in the form of […]

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Emissions legislation politics is a hairy subject at the company holiday party. But there are some unexpected benefits regardless of your take on California’s ZEV mandate or the EPA’s CAFE standards. Without this legislation we may never have seen Audi’s smallest station wagon return to America. Yep, Audi’s first plug-in hybrid comes in the form of […]

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2015 Volkswagen GTI 2-Door Review (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-volkswagen-gti-2-door-review-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-volkswagen-gti-2-door-review-video/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1061210 Although GTI sales are on an upward trend, the American hot hatch is a rare breed as there are just three options. We have the aging Ford Focus ST, and a new pair of hatches from Germany: the Volkswagen GTI and the MINI Cooper S. (Yes MINI fans, I’m calling the MINI German.) The last […]

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Although GTI sales are on an upward trend, the American hot hatch is a rare breed as there are just three options. We have the aging Ford Focus ST, and a new pair of hatches from Germany: the Volkswagen GTI and the MINI Cooper S. (Yes MINI fans, I’m calling the MINI German.) The last […]

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Led By New A3, Entry-Level Autos Are Carrying The Load For Audi USA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/led-new-a3-entry-level-autos-carrying-load-audi-usa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/led-new-a3-entry-level-autos-carrying-load-audi-usa/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:17:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044794 March was the highest-volume U.S. sales month in the Audi A3’s decade-long history. Never before had the A3 topped the 3000-unit mark, but March volume climbed to 3081 sales, equal to 18% of Audi USA’s volume last month. Year-over-year comparisons for the A3 are all but completely invalid, as a hiatus between the departure of […]

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March was the highest-volume U.S. sales month in the Audi A3’s decade-long history. Never before had the A3 topped the 3000-unit mark, but March volume climbed to 3081 sales, equal to 18% of Audi USA’s volume last month. Year-over-year comparisons for the A3 are all but completely invalid, as a hiatus between the departure of […]

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NAIAS 2015: Cadillac Unveils 2016 CTS-V, Plans For CLA-Fighter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/naias-2015-cadillac-unveils-2016-cts-v-plans-cla-fighter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/naias-2015-cadillac-unveils-2016-cts-v-plans-cla-fighter/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:50:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=981417 Cadillac finally revealed its 2016 CTS-V performance sedan at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but the brand also let it be known that it’s considering taking on the Mercedes-Benz CLA in the entry-level premium game, as well [Live photos now available – CA]. The CTS-V derives its power from a 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with […]

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Cadillac finally revealed its 2016 CTS-V performance sedan at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but the brand also let it be known that it’s considering taking on the Mercedes-Benz CLA in the entry-level premium game, as well [Live photos now available – CA]. The CTS-V derives its power from a 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with […]

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Mercedes-Benz Hikes CLA Price Above $30k Threshold http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/mercedes-benz-hikes-cla-price-30k-threshold/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/mercedes-benz-hikes-cla-price-30k-threshold/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:35:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=958585 The sub-$30,000 Mercedes-Benz is no more. For 2015, Mercedes is raising the price of its popular CLA sedan by about 5 percent, putting it above the critical psychological threshold. As CarsDirect reports The base MSRP for a front-wheel drive CLA250 jumps from $29,900 to $31,500, an increase of $1,600 or 5.4%. The all-wheel drive 4MATIC […]

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The sub-$30,000 Mercedes-Benz is no more. For 2015, Mercedes is raising the price of its popular CLA sedan by about 5 percent, putting it above the critical psychological threshold. As CarsDirect reports The base MSRP for a front-wheel drive CLA250 jumps from $29,900 to $31,500, an increase of $1,600 or 5.4%. The all-wheel drive 4MATIC […]

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Audi USA Sold More A3s Than A4s In October 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/audi-usa-sold-a3s-a4s-october-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/audi-usa-sold-a3s-a4s-october-2014/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:41:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=948681 Are times changing, or was October nothing more than an optimal arranging of circumstances in favour of Audi’s smallest sedan? Audi USA sold more A3s than A4 sedans in October 2014, a serious shift from a year ago when the old A3 hatchback was dead and Audi sold 3040 A4s. Before we assume this will […]

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Are times changing, or was October nothing more than an optimal arranging of circumstances in favour of Audi’s smallest sedan? Audi USA sold more A3s than A4 sedans in October 2014, a serious shift from a year ago when the old A3 hatchback was dead and Audi sold 3040 A4s. Before we assume this will […]

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Question Of The Day: Who Will Win The Luxury Compact Crossover Sales Race? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/question-of-the-day-who-will-win-the-luxury-compact-crossover-sales-race/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/question-of-the-day-who-will-win-the-luxury-compact-crossover-sales-race/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:28:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875425 With pricing for the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA announced, the fight for the luxury compact crossover sales crown is officially on. It’s going to be the most important battle of the year for the luxury car market. Crossovers are, without a doubt, the hottest sales segment right now, and one of the most profitable […]

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With pricing for the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA announced, the fight for the luxury compact crossover sales crown is officially on. It’s going to be the most important battle of the year for the luxury car market. Crossovers are, without a doubt, the hottest sales segment right now, and one of the most profitable […]

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New York 2014: Audi Announces A3 TDI Sportback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-york-2014-audi-announces-a3-tdi-sportback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-york-2014-audi-announces-a3-tdi-sportback/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:59:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=799258   Audi will bring a diesel version of the A3 Sportback to America, using the same 2.0L TDI engine as the upcoming Golf.   With 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft, the A3 TDI is sure to be a stout little hatchback, but the lack of a manual transmission is a bit perplexing. Even though manual […]

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  Audi will bring a diesel version of the A3 Sportback to America, using the same 2.0L TDI engine as the upcoming Golf.   With 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft, the A3 TDI is sure to be a stout little hatchback, but the lack of a manual transmission is a bit perplexing. Even though manual […]

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QOTD: Pump Up The Volume http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/qotd-pump-up-the-volume/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/qotd-pump-up-the-volume/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:59:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=634665 With the wraps finally off the BMW 2-Series, we now have a full slate of entry-level products from the German luxury designed to bring a whole new demographic into the arms of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. As much hand wringing as there is over the possible brand dilution going on here (all in the name of […]

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With the wraps finally off the BMW 2-Series, we now have a full slate of entry-level products from the German luxury designed to bring a whole new demographic into the arms of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. As much hand wringing as there is over the possible brand dilution going on here (all in the name of […]

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Nurburgring Diaries, Part II – Audi A3 1.4TFSI Sportback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/nurburgring-diaries-part-ii-audi-a3-1-4tfsi-sportback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/nurburgring-diaries-part-ii-audi-a3-1-4tfsi-sportback/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:45:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=624641 As soon as I arrived at the rental counter in Stuttgart, I realized I’d made a fatal miscalculation. In the weeks and months preceding my trip, I thought the task would be easy – obtain two back-to-back rentals of vehicles that aren’t sold in the US. Simple. But that fickle foe of the flat-earth car […]

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As soon as I arrived at the rental counter in Stuttgart, I realized I’d made a fatal miscalculation. In the weeks and months preceding my trip, I thought the task would be easy – obtain two back-to-back rentals of vehicles that aren’t sold in the US. Simple. But that fickle foe of the flat-earth car […]

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Are We About To Witness MQB’s First “Cascading Failure”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/are-we-about-to-witness-mqbs-first-cascading-failure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/are-we-about-to-witness-mqbs-first-cascading-failure/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=513249 Reports out of the Berlin desk of Reuters suggest that VW could have a fairly large problem on their hands, one that TTAC discussed during heated battles over modular kit architectures – that of “cascading failures”. Reports by German auto publication Auto Bild suggest that improperly installed HVAC draining tubes in the all new Mark VII VW […]

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Reports out of the Berlin desk of Reuters suggest that VW could have a fairly large problem on their hands, one that TTAC discussed during heated battles over modular kit architectures – that of “cascading failures”. Reports by German auto publication Auto Bild suggest that improperly installed HVAC draining tubes in the all new Mark VII VW […]

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Audi A3 And S3 Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/audi-a3-and-s3-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/audi-a3-and-s3-revealed/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:59:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482413 You won’t see them at the 2013 New York Auto Show, but Audi took the wraps off the MQB-based A3 and S3 for North America at a private event today. The standard A3 was revealed with its world engine lineup; a 1.4T making 140 horsepower and 184 lb-ft, a 1.8T making 180 horsepower and 184 […]

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You won’t see them at the 2013 New York Auto Show, but Audi took the wraps off the MQB-based A3 and S3 for North America at a private event today. The standard A3 was revealed with its world engine lineup; a 1.4T making 140 horsepower and 184 lb-ft, a 1.8T making 180 horsepower and 184 […]

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Audi A3 Sportback Begs The Question; Would An MQB By Any Other Name Smell As Sweet? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/audi-a3-sportback-begs-the-question-would-an-mqb-by-any-other-name-smell-as-sweet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/audi-a3-sportback-begs-the-question-would-an-mqb-by-any-other-name-smell-as-sweet/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:32:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461061   Are you longing to drive something on the MQB platform but too insecure to drive a Volkswagen Golf? Have we got something for you! The Audi A3 Sportback, seen here, won’t be available in the USA; instead we’ll get a sedan variant that will be closer in spirit to the now iconic B5 Audi […]

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  Are you longing to drive something on the MQB platform but too insecure to drive a Volkswagen Golf? Have we got something for you! The Audi A3 Sportback, seen here, won’t be available in the USA; instead we’ll get a sedan variant that will be closer in spirit to the now iconic B5 Audi […]

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Upcoming Audi A3 To Weigh Nearly As Much As First-Gen Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/upcoming-audi-a3-to-weigh-nearly-as-much-as-first-gen-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/upcoming-audi-a3-to-weigh-nearly-as-much-as-first-gen-car/#comments Fri, 04 May 2012 16:08:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442830 Audi claims to have broken the dreaded “weight spiral” with their next upcoming A3. The new car will weigh nearly as much as the first-generation car did in 1997, despite being faster, safer and more luxurious. The new car should closely match the old car’s curb weight of 2658 lbs. The new MQB platform is […]

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Audi claims to have broken the dreaded “weight spiral” with their next upcoming A3. The new car will weigh nearly as much as the first-generation car did in 1997, despite being faster, safer and more luxurious. The new car should closely match the old car’s curb weight of 2658 lbs. The new MQB platform is […]

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2013 Audi A3 To Only Come In Sedan Form For U.S Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/2013-audi-a3-to-only-come-in-sedan-form-for-u-s-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/2013-audi-a3-to-only-come-in-sedan-form-for-u-s-market/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:57:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434393 “We decided not to take it,” said Audi of America CEO Johan de Nysschen, regarding the Audi A3 hatchback. The Detroit Bureau quotes Audi’s head man in the USA stating that not only will we not get an A3 hatch, the sedan version won’t share a single body panel with the Euro two-box version. Our […]

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“We decided not to take it,” said Audi of America CEO Johan de Nysschen, regarding the Audi A3 hatchback. The Detroit Bureau quotes Audi’s head man in the USA stating that not only will we not get an A3 hatch, the sedan version won’t share a single body panel with the Euro two-box version. Our […]

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Geneva 2012: Audi A3 Previewed, Minus Two Doors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-audi-a3-previewed-minus-two-doors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-audi-a3-previewed-minus-two-doors/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:08:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434078 The Audi Q3 may not have much visual impact, but this is an extremely important car for the Volkswagen Group. As the first car to be built on the new MQB modular platform, the A3 is literally the next generation of car for the entire consortium. Europe will get a diesel (2.0L, 150 horsepower) and […]

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The Audi Q3 may not have much visual impact, but this is an extremely important car for the Volkswagen Group. As the first car to be built on the new MQB modular platform, the A3 is literally the next generation of car for the entire consortium. Europe will get a diesel (2.0L, 150 horsepower) and […]

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Audi A3 e-Tron Gets U.S. Pilot Program – But You Can’t Sign Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/audi-a3-e-tron-gets-u-s-pilot-program-but-you-cant-sign-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/audi-a3-e-tron-gets-u-s-pilot-program-but-you-cant-sign-up/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:11:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433419 Audi fanboys who want emissions-free motoring will be sorely disappointed; the pilot program to try out an A3 E-Tron, will be limited to Audi personnel in Denver, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. For between 12 and 18 months, employees will evaluate the A3 e-tron, before an electric A3, based on the next-generation car, debuts in […]

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Audi fanboys who want emissions-free motoring will be sorely disappointed; the pilot program to try out an A3 E-Tron, will be limited to Audi personnel in Denver, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. For between 12 and 18 months, employees will evaluate the A3 e-tron, before an electric A3, based on the next-generation car, debuts in […]

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Audi Adding More Models To U.S. Lineup As Its Insatiable Quest For Volume Continues http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/audi-adding-more-models-to-u-s-lineup-as-its-insatiable-quest-for-volume-continues/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/audi-adding-more-models-to-u-s-lineup-as-its-insatiable-quest-for-volume-continues/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2012 19:05:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424636       In the endless race to the bottom to be first in overall sales in America, Audi will be adding more models to their U.S. lineup, hoping to increase overall volume while copying Mercedes-Benz and BMW’s strategy of creating unwanted and useless niche models to pawn off on vulgarians with adequate credit to […]

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      In the endless race to the bottom to be first in overall sales in America, Audi will be adding more models to their U.S. lineup, hoping to increase overall volume while copying Mercedes-Benz and BMW’s strategy of creating unwanted and useless niche models to pawn off on vulgarians with adequate credit to […]

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